Jonathan Rhys Meyers Finally Cast in a Role Befitting His Creep-Factor: Dracula

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Here's something to sink your teeth into: NBC is ordering 10 episodes of a new version of the classic Bram Stoker tale, Dracula. And starring as the bloodsucker will be none other than the King of England himself, The Tudors' Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

According to a press release:

The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There's only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.


Rumor has it the series will have a steampunk-esque aesthetic, and since it's being produced by Carnival Films & Television, the team behind the acclaimed hit Downton Abbey, we have high hopes.

They're calling it a comeback for Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who has been in rehab four times, arrested once or twice, and even rumored to have attempted suicide. The man has his demons (Maxwell Demon!). His internal struggles could just bring some much-needed darkness to the recently teen-infested and sparkly vampire genre. Seriously, this just might be the part he was born to play. The only sad part is that it's NBC and not HBO where we might get some tasteful nudity.

[The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Universal, International Business Times]

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The sexification of Dracula never ceases to amuse me. Seems that people tend to forget passages like...

Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted in his repletion.